We stayed here off-peak [May] and found it friendly, comfortable and convenient - not that Sissi is big enough to make anywhere very inconvenient. The only drawback might be that the pool area is on the small side and in high season could feel a bit tight. The pool itself, and indeed much of the hotel, sits close to the sea, though on a rocky coast. The town beach is close by and though there are sunbeds there, it's not what many would describe as a beach, though it does give access to safe sea as its within the harbour walls.
All the hotel staff were lovely, helpful, smiling - it makes a big difference. It certainly stopped us being grumpy when we found the 'sea-view' we'd paid extra for was only technically a view of the sea. Most of the view was the back of buildings. If you do pay for a sea view, a good tip is to check it out with the hotel by email first. If you want a view and sun as well, then be specific as some balconies on the lower floors were clearly in shade all day.
Sissi itself is a pleasant, small Greek town with quite a pretty harbour and some very good fish restaurants. There are a few music bars but mostly low-key - ideal for a chill-out holiday.
If you want to venture out your choices are limited if you choose not to drive because the bus service isn't great. Plenty of taxis, mostly newish Mercs. We pushed the boat out one day and hired a car and a to take us into the mountains, and it wasn't hugely more expensive than two tickets on a coach tour that did the dame but without the freedom to choose where you go and for how long. The Happy Train does do a pleasant half-day trip to Milatos, a seaside village the other side of the mountain from SIssi. Have a look in the tiny but delightful church then choose one of the tavernas right on the sea and try the fresh sardines. We could have stayed there all day.
Hotel Maritimo was comfortable, served a decent breakfast and had reasonably good free wifi in the reception area [very spacious, clean, good sofas, bar etc]. It's slightly more geared to German visitors but there were several nationalities there, including Brits.
Overall, for the money we paid we got good value, sunshine and a genuine break.
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